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the year in review
2010: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Women in the navy
The year kicked off optimistically for 50 Navy
women with the establishment of the Navy
Women’s Leadership program. The Government
committed itself to improving opportunities for
women in the ADF to undertake leadership roles.
Defence furthered its own commitment to the
celebration of women by enthusiastically taking
part in International Women’s Day.
cyber security Defence
A new Cyber Security Operations Centre aiming
to better protect Australia from cyber threats was
launched in January.
The new centre had an important role within
Commonwealth National Authority by providing
the Government with protective security guidance
earthquake aid in Haiti
On January 29, Air Traffic Controllers from the Air
Force left for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Officer
Commanding Number 44 Wing, Group Captain
Forster Breckenridge, said that the team was eager
to help those suffering after the disaster.
Young australian of the Year
Trooper Mark Donaldson VC was named Young
Australian of the Year in January as part of the
Australia Day festivities.
He was recognised as Young Australian of the Year
after he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Trooper
Donaldson was the first to receive the VC in 40
years and accepted the title of young Australian of
the year gracefully.
Prince William visits
The soldiers at Holsworthy had a majestic
experience in January when His Royal Highness
Prince William entertained officers and soldiers
during a live fire exercise.
Special Operations Command soldiers met with
Prince William at His Highness’s request. He also
The Australian Federal Guard performed a tri-
service Guard of Honour during the opening and
closing ceremonies of the Royal Edinburgh Military
Tattoo in Sydney on February 3.
The event marked a decade of action since the
beginning of the Australian Federal Guard.
army alcohol abuse tackled
The Chief of Army Lieutenant General Ken
Gillespie cracked down on alcohol abuse within
the Army in February.
“We lost three people last year in Afghanistan
where the Taliban were a contributing factor. We
lost eight last year in Australia where alcohol was
a contributing factor,” he said.
Lieutenant General Gillespie sent a strong
message to members of the Army there a low
tolerance for abuse of alcohol.
Raaf provides aid relief to
Defence is provided support to the AusAID-led
disaster relief mission in northern Fiji following
Cyclone Tomas caused havoc in March.
The Royal Australian Air Force provided a C-130
Hercules aircraft to help move 18 tonnes of
emergency relief supplies, including tents and
water purification tablets.
super Hornets arrive
In March, the Air Force welcomed the first five of
24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets. The
crew was welcomed back at RAA F Base Amberley
A ceremony included Defence leaders, local
government representatives, Boeing dignitaries
and US Navy officers.
Medical officers boosted
The ADF provided improved opportunities for
Defence medical officers after introducing an
accredited online mental health training pack. The
ADF medical officers used the additional training to
diagnose and treat common mental health issues.
Vice Chief on the Defence Force Lieutenant
General David Hurley signed an agreement with
the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN)
Compiled by Jessica Henry
From deaths and disaster relief, to reform and building bridges,
2010 has been another momentous year for all elements of
Defence. The following review by no means captures everything
that happened, but provides a snapshot of the highs and lows
and all else inbetween.
took the time to visit HMAS Kuttabul. This was
Prince Williams’s second visit to Australia. The last
visit was in 1983 when he was nine-months-old.
LefT: All members of the Tattoo during the finale
as fireworks end the performance.
Australian Super Hornets fly in formation
with the F-111, a symbolic representation
of the old leading the new home, in the
ferry across the Pacific Ocean.
“Kabul, which was our first stop, was bitterly cold and we struggled with that. Instruments
aren’t designed to be played in zero or sub-zero temperatures...but it worked out okay.”
Musical Director Major Dan Hiscock, following the 1st Battalion’s Royal
Australian Regiment Band’s three-week tour to the Middle East in January.
“Defeating surface-to-air missile systems, forming a real world Integrated Air Defence System
while keeping aggressor squadron F16, F15 and F5 fighters off your back and de-conflicting your
own force can become quite complicated.”
– Commanding Officer and Exercise Mission Commander for 77 Squadron,
Wing Commander Glen Beck, said aircrew are pushed to their limits during Exercise Red Flag in March
aBOVe: Private Matthew Krause tossess the coins
for another round of Two-up on ANZAC Day at Camp
enjoy some relief
from the humidity
and heat after
18-hour relay for
the Cancer Council
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